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Compton Fellows Announced

Jacqueline Law will be working on a project for the year entitled, "Safe Mothers, Safe Babies" in Iganga, Uganda.

Photo: Vassar Uganda Project © Anne Sherwood
Photo: Vassar Uganda Project © Anne Sherwood

"My overall goal for the Fellowship Year is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Bugweri Sub-district, Iganga, Uganda through sustainable, demand-driven, and collaborative means." In collaboration with the Iganga District Health Office, the Iganga Hospital, local healthcare centers, the Uganda Village Project, and local organizations of government and civil society, Jacquie hopes the project will provide 5 broad things: Neonatal CPR training for all biomedical and traditional health providers in Bugweri Sub-district and the Iganga Hospital,  Safe Baby OB Kits given to village midwives and traditional birth attendants, Safe Water, Malaria Prevention, and a Motorcycle Ambulance Program.  Dr. Peter Waiswa, Professor at Makerere University School of Public Health/Iganga-Mayuge Demographic Surveillance Site will serve as her mentor.

Juliana Valente will be working on a project for the year entitled, "Women's Exchange Program" at the Family Partnership Center, in Poughkeepsie, NY

Juliana Valente

"This program will work with women of all ages to promote peace and conflict resolution in the city of Poughkeepsie. The program specifically targets women reentering society after having been incarcerated, and female youth living in the local area. The program will have a two-part component: the primary will consist of a support group for formerly incarcerated women. The second will consist of an exchange in the form of discussions and workshops prepared by the formerly incarcerated women for local high school girls. The Women's Exchange Program aims to prevent violence prior and post incarceration and, consequently, to help lower recidivism rates in Poughkeepsie and provide youth with alternatives to violence." Bonnie Allen, Project Director of the Dutchess Collaborative Reentry Project will serve as her mentor.

Compton Mentor Fellowship Program Overview

"The Compton Foundation created the Mentor Fellowship Program to promote the creativity and support the commitment of graduating seniors as they move beyond academic preparation to focus on continuing ‘real world' application and contribution. The Fellowship is intended to be for one year (with a stipend of $35,000), beginning and ending at the annual mid-July gathering of Fellows held in the San Francisco area.

The Compton Mentor Fellowship Program is based on the belief that life-changing experiences occur when formal learning becomes transformed by action. Such complementary learning helps one see - and appreciate - the larger world through different eyes and a broadened perspective. In a sense, each Fellow co-creates the program: the pragmatic, self-directed nature of the Fellowship experience is meant to deepen and enrich knowledge, and guide Fellows to apply new understanding of themselves and the world in original ways.

The Compton Mentor Fellowship Program welcomes innovative projects that encompass elements of the Foundation's funding interests in environment and sustainability, peace and conflict resolution, climate change and energy policy, or population and reproductive health.  Proposed Fellowship projects should reflect a candidate's genuine interest in, and commitment to, a specific concern. In sum, the project should be personally meaningful and of significant social merit."

 Vassar is one of ten schools participating in this innovative program.  Each school was asked to submit two nominations.  A total of 10 Compton Fellows were selected. Click here For more information